The Creative Curator Birthday!
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…!!!
Woohoo! I am celebrating – The Creative Curator is one year old today! I’m not sure how this last year has gone so fast, but I am one happy chick!
My decision to start something new was born out of my frustration with the fashion industry. The Creative Curator started life as an outlet for me to encourage creativity in others. The initial website was.. well, I’m not going to say.
You can get an idea from this image…
Yes, the image above was the original homepage for the website. Can you believe the difference between then and now?
The Creative Curator – Back Then
In the starting months, I focused on artists and their art. I talked about creativity in the news. I was… uninspired and lost, right from the outset! Those posts still exist but they are rarely visited now that The Creative Curator has a clear focus.
I was terrified back then. I thought that The Creative Curator was just another wrong decision to add to my growing list of failed ideas..
But with a bit of focus, a course on building an online business, and some hard decisions, I changed tack in July and got back to what I love. Fashion creation!
The Creative Curator – Now
Now, the website is solely fashion creation focused. It currently has more sewing posts than any other topic, but I’m building up the content slowly. It will be the biggest and best website for information and tutorials on creating fashion pieces, whether for the home sewer or the wannabe fashion student. Covering sewing, pattern making, fashion design, project planning, textile design… It will be the best resource helping thousands of people around the world!
I’m so much more focused one year in. I plan out my projects up to three months in advance. September’s theme is going to be Winter Is Coming – and no, it isn’t Game of Thrones related! 😉
‘Winter Is Coming’ will be focused on creating clothes that you can add to your winter wardrobe. And ideas that you could make as possible gifts for the holiday season too. But it won’t just be linking up some patterns or pictures from around the web. I’ll be showing you projects. Taking a design, drafting the pattern, testing the fit and making the final garment.
What I Have Learnt
The past twelve months has been eye opening, and a real learning curve. I’ve had to work out how best to create a website that is easy to navigate. (There have now been four versions and I’m finally happy!) I had to change my web host provider when the site got too big and busy for the old host.
There was a learning curve with planning – a weekly post would need a couple thousand words and pics too if it was to be informative and inspiring. Anything shorter felt wishy washy and half baked to me. (Thankfully, Google loves this for SEO…)
…yes, I even had to learn about S E O!
Which means I had to think about how Google would rank my posts so that people would be better able to find them when in need. How often have you typed in ‘How to draft a mandarin collar?’ or ‘How to sew a pin hem?’ and been flummoxed by the results? Possibly never, but now you can catch my posts on them, both ranked at no.3 on Google.
Meeting New People
I discovered that it is important to not sit behind my computer or sewing machine day after day, but to actually engage with people, and in real life too. Something I find terrifying as an introvert that really enjoys her own company.
But I did it, reaching out to people over Twitter (yikes) and going to meet ups. This past week I’ve been making 1-2-1 calls with my beta test students. Strangers. Ladies who I have emailed with for a few months, chatted to briefly in my Facebook Group but now I’m having face to face contact with ladies around the world. It’s amazing, meeting people with the same interests and passions as me.
The Real Purpose Of The Creative Curator
Most importantly, I found my real purpose. It only happened the last couple of months, but I now know beyond doubt what makes me happiest of all, and how I can keep doing that moving forwards.
Building this amazing community of people from around the world. People from Oklahoma, Perth, Nigeria, Thailand, Italy and the UK. My readers and subscribers are a diverse and wonderful group of people, who take the time to reply to my emails, respond to my questions, engage with the site and are more and more inspired to create their own amazing clothes, knowing that they have me and many others standing besides them offering help and advice. That makes it all worthwhile, and I know that FINALLY, I have turned an ‘idea’ into something remarkable and humbling.
The Big Dream
As I now move into the second year of The Creative Curator, I am making plans. Some of you know my plans. My dreams.
My biggest dream is to make creating your own patterns from scratch easy to understand, and achievable by anyone, so that no one is held back from dressing how they want to.
Too many people have a non ‘industry standard’ body shape which makes it incredibly hard to get clothes or sewing patterns to fit from the box. I could go the other way and create patterns for every demographic that isn’t already catered to in the sewing pattern industry.
Yet that old saying of ‘you can’t please everyone’ springs to mind. There will always be people that a pattern won’t fit when you’re basing the creation of them off a ‘standard’. Even if they are my own set ‘non-industry standard’.
To coincide with that big dream, I will also be adding an even stronger focus to the site – more pattern making posts and patterns. Research into my analytics (yes, another thing I had to learn!) shows that most of my visitors are drawn to the content on pattern making and textile design. As pattern making is my BIG, HUGE, VAST passion, it’s no hardship to concentrate more on that if that is what my readers need to see more of.
The sewing posts will still be here, and I’ll be adding often, but there is only so much writing on sewing skills before you run out right? 😉
And to be fair, I actually sew less now anyway, due to time constraints. But this works for me as I don’t want to sew stuff just for the sake of it. I live in the tiniest studio flat in London with my boyfriend so space is super limited, and paper patterns are easier to store than mountains of fabric!
(She says as she discreetly closes the closet door, hiding her fabric stash…)
I’ll be building up the fashion design and textile posts too. Because there’s more to pattern making than just drafting a pattern! So, don’t fret… It’ll just mean that the pattern cutting posts are even more epic than the usual ones! 😉
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you enjoyed discovering and learning from The Creative Curator? What is the biggest impact its existence has had on you? What would YOU like to see more of? Let me know in the comments below……til next time!
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